#1 The Benefits of 3D Breast Imaging

Dr. Ryan Polselli

October 6, 2022

For many women, getting a mammogram is an anxiety-inducing experience. It’s painful for some and inconvenient for almost every woman, but mammograms save millions of lives each year. And now, breast imaging technology is getting even better. There is a new breast imaging technology that is much more effective at detecting early breast cancer, called 3D breast imaging. Here are the benefits of this life-saving technology.

3D breast imaging is a new technology used for breast cancer screening. This imaging takes multiple two-dimensional images of the breasts and creates a three-dimensional image. This image can then be viewed from different angles, which makes it easier for the radiologist to detect small tumors that might have been hidden in a 2D image.

Reduce the number of false positives

Another benefit of 3D breast imaging is that it can help to reduce the number of false positives. A false positive occurs when a radiologist sees something on the image that looks like cancer but turns out to be benign. This can lead to further testing and even surgery that may not have been necessary. False positives are also extremely stressful for patients and their families. With 3D imaging, the radiologist can get a better view of the area in question and rule out the possibility of cancer.

Detect cancer before it reaches the lymph nodes

The last benefit of this new technology is that it can help detect invasive cancers that have not yet spread to the lymph nodes. This is important because the earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances are for successful treatment.

Dr. Ryan Polselli, a 3D breast imaging radiologist with several patents for breast imaging technologies, encourages women to get 3D breast imaging. The superior technology is especially beneficial if they have a history of breast cancer in their families or know they carry one of the breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2).


If you are due for a mammogram, ask your doctor if 3D breast imaging is an option for you. This new technology is much more effective at detecting early breast cancer and can save your life. 3D imaging is replacing 2D breast imaging. If 3D is not yet available in your area, do not use it as an excuse to put off your mammogram.